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Denise Compton

Denise Gaye Compton (Champ)

Wednesday, May 1st, 1963 - Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
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Denise Champ Compton, 56, of Roanoke, VA, completed her journey to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 3, 2019, surrounded by those who love her. Denise was born a twin (Donna) to the late Carson and Willa Gaye (Akers) Champ on May 1, 1963, in Elmhurst, Illinois. She was a hair stylist in the Roanoke Valley for over 20 years. Denise truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures: chatting with family and friends, shopping (TJMaxx and Marshalls were her go to), cooking, and most of all, spending time with “her girls” (granddaughters, Nataley and Delaney). Denise’s compassion, thoughtfulness, sense of humor, and empathy for others was uncanny. She found true joy in giving; she rarely forgot a birthday, birth, or other special life event of family and friends or those simply in need of a home-cooked meal or some special gift to cheer one up. Denise was an amazing mom, “gammy,” daughter, sister, and confidant loved by so many who will miss the joy, laughter, and friendship she brought to their lives. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Clifford and Gwendolyn Akers; paternal grandparent, Hazel L. Champ; sisters, Debbie Branham and Pamela Champ; nephew, Adam Rauer.
Those surviving to cherish her precious memory include her two sons, Brandon Compton (Dixie) and Matthew Compton; siblings, Lisa Roop, Donna Rauer (John), and Theresa Sharick; two grandchildren, Nataley Compton and Delaney Compton; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
A funeral service to celebrate her life will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home with Pastor Don Summerville officiating. Burial will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem, Va., with family and friends. John Rauer, Joshua Roop, Doug Johnson, Ray St. Clair, Brian Stewart, Scott Hickson will be serving as pallbearers.
A visitation for her friends with the family will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, Va., and again on Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. until the hour of the service.
Special thanks to many of her loving friends who were so giving of their time and love during Denise’s journey to Heaven: Doug & Linda, Elsie & Carol, Joyce, Vivian, Kathy, Colleen, Ray & Donna, Cindy, Tessy, Carson, AG, Zeke & Lynn, Brittney, Jeff, Pam, and so many other friends and long-time clients who shared their prayers, stories of how she touched their life, and the love they had for Denise.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to any charity that touches your heart; the organization that touched Denise’s heart and where she made donations regularly was to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnmoakey.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 | 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    Address
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Location
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    Address
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    Address
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Pastor Don Summerville
  • Interment

    Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 |
    When
    Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
    Location
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    Address
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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Sharon Lipscomb

Posted at 08:16pm
So sorry for you loss. Denise was such a sweet and caring person. May her precious memories bring you comfort.

Lynne Overstreet

Posted at 02:13pm
Denise touched many people with her loving spirit. She loved her family very much. Sweet lady full of love will be missed
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Pam Simmons

Posted at 11:18am
Denise will be missed by many. I'll have a void knowing shes not a phone call away. My heart goes out to the family.
Condolences and prayers going up sending comfort and peace.
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Martha Shaw

Posted at 07:00pm
Donna, John, Lindsay and family, I am so sorry that you lost Denise. I know how close your family is and how much she meant to you. I'll be thinking and praying for you tomorrow. Martha and Phillip Shaw
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Shirley Bartley Family and Alicia Bond Family

Posted at 02:22pm
Our heartfelt condolences, we love you. We have so many wonderful memories we will always cherish.
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